conventionality

noun

con·​ven·​tion·​al·​i·​ty kən-ˌven(t)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce conventionality (audio)
plural conventionalities
1
: a conventional usage, practice, or thing
2
: the quality or state of being conventional
especially : adherence to conventions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But while there's no question the real Jesse Brown endured unimaginable bigotry, Devotion approaches these altercations with a musty conventionality. Tim Grierson, Chron, 21 Nov. 2022 None of the other films depict a Black point of view, which makes this one rather disappointing in its conventionality. Odie Henderson, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2022 Messiness releases you from conventionality and thus inspires fresh insights. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 2 June 2022 That began to change in the prosperous, back-to-conventionality Eisenhower era. oregonlive, 11 May 2022 His brother, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch), unbridled and terrifyingly intelligent, wants nothing to do with George’s conventionality. Vogue, 21 Oct. 2021 But then the form’s conventionality and constraints began to appeal to him: resistance requires something to resist. Dimiter Kenarov, The New Yorker, 23 July 2021 Collins, who died on April 28 at the age of 90, dutifully performed the public acts required of a person who had achieved unfathomable distinction, but in a manner that defied conventionality. Nathan Wurtzel, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021 Biden’s initial round of hires disappointed some of the most ardent liberals, but Rubio’s acerbic reaction underscores the downsides of conventionality. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 24 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conventionality was circa 1834

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“Conventionality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conventionality. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

conventionality

noun

con·​ven·​tion·​al·​i·​ty kən-ˌven-chə-ˈnal-ət-ē How to pronounce conventionality (audio)
plural conventionalities
1
: the quality or state of being conventional
2
: a conventional practice, custom, or rule

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